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'''James Boswell, 9th Laird of Auchinleck''' (; 29 October 1740 – 19 May 1795), was a Scottish people|Scottish biographer and diarist, born in Edinburgh. He is best known for the biography he wrote of one of his contemporaries, the English literary figure Samuel Johnson, which the modern Johnsonian critic Harold Bloom has claimed is the greatest biography written in the English language. Boswell's surname has passed into the English language as a term (''Boswell'', ''Boswellian'', ''Boswellism'') for a constant companion and observer, especially one who records those observations in print. In ''A Scandal in Bohemia'', Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes affectionately says of Doctor Watson|Dr. Watson, who narrates the tales, "I am lost without my Boswell."
Birth date{{birth date|df=yes|1740|10|29}}
Birth placeEdinburgh, Scotland
Death date{{death date and age|df=yes|1795|5|19|1740|10|29}}
Death placeLondon, England
LanguageEnglish
ParentsAlexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck
Euphemia Erskine
NationalityScottish
CitizenshipGreat Britain
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow
Utrecht University
Notableworks''Life of Johnson''
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